What Not To Pack

What Not To Pack

What not to packIn case you’ve opted to pack on your own, without the help of professional packers from our moving company, we feel obliged to give you some advice. First up, you shouldn’t kid yourself that this task is going to be easy to complete. Most likely you will have two or three meltdowns along the line, maybe some disagreements and a lot of time spent pacing back and forth from room to room. The second thing is since a lot of time will be wasted on packing and organizing, bear in mind that not everything is allowed in our shipping trucks. There are some common items that the majority of professional movers have agreed not to transport, mainly due to safety reasons. So, without further ado, Flat Price Movers & Auto Shipping present what not to pack when relocating.

Perishable Food:

Even if you don’t have any experience in relocation business, you will likely assume that perishable edible material, which includes food of any kind, frozen, fresh, liquid or solid, and long-distance transportation don’t mix well. Foods of all kinds, especially fresh food, can either go bad quite quickly, make a great feast for insects, or accumulate mold having spent so many days on the road. Canned food will be the only exception to this rule, as they are considered non-perishable. Still, make sure you tell the movers if you plan on towing food across the country.

Toxic, flammable, or otherwise dangerous material:

We think this goes without saying, yet we wish not to test our luck. Items which carry highly flammable and vibration-shock triggered substances are in no way allowed to be transported by moving trucks. Generally speaking, what otherwise known as hazardous items are, are any items that are either flammable, or explosive, or corrosive. If there is any chance of those substances igniting, or spilling, you should not try to haul it over hundreds or thousands of miles, for both your personal safety and those around you. Dangerous items may cause damage to the rest of the items in the moving truck or even to the moving vehicle itself.Some of the items in the non-allowables list won’t really surprise you, while others may make you wonder about the severity of their hazard level (for instance items like: cleaning supplies, aerosol cans or bottles with liquor).

Here is the list of those items:

  • Guns and ammunition
  • Motor oil
  • Lamp oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides, fertilizer, weed killers
  • Poisons
  • Black powder
  • Fireworks
  • Lighter fluids
  • Matches
  • Acids, ammonia
  • Gasoline, kerosene
  • Petroleum products
  • Yard equipment containing fuel
  • Paint, paint thinners
  • Paint-related materials
  • Nail polish, nail polish remover
  • Aerosol cans, deodorants
  • Charcoal
  • Pool chemicals
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Propane tanks
  • Car batteries
  • Cleaning supplies, bleach
  • Liquor

Pets & Plants:

The law forbids professional moving companies to transport plants on household moves longer than 150 miles. Add the risk of plant parasites being transported to another part of the country, and you’ll easily understand why your chosen moving company, regardless of how reputable and experienced it is, will refuse to transport any houseplants for you. If you feel sentimental about leaving some of them, maybe you can ask a friend or a family member to look after them for you. One more good idea is to give them out to a familiar place or donate them to an institution you deem favorable.

When it comes to our beloved furry or exotic friends, there is no need to explain too much. Similar to plants, your animal friend would find the transportation conditions in a moving van highly appalling. The stress of the road for them and the obligation for us movers is one too many factors why we don’t engage in pet transportation during the full residential relocation process. We believe that should be left to professionals for pet transportation, or to you, as the owner. Everyone should be working towards what’s best for them, and we think moving truck might just be too much of a hassle.

One last tip for the road: The best thing you can do under the mentioned circumstances is to contact the professional moving company of your choice and request their specific list of non-allowables. We wish you good luck with packing and a safe trip to your new home!